The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.

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Applying for the New York Life Foundation’s 2022 Aim High Grants for Middle School OST Programs

December 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The New York Life Foundation will award 40 grants to out-of-school time programs serving middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, and expectations. The speakers will be Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer at the New York Life Foundation, and Dan Gilbert, Project Manager at the Afterschool Alliance, the administrator of the grant application and review process. Review the application beforehand and have your questions ready and hear tips on submitting a strong application.

The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time. The grant program will fund a total of 40 afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs nationwide, based on a competitive application process.

Applications are due February 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET. To learn more about this grant opportunity, view the full RFP and submit your application here.


  • Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation
  • Dan Gilbert, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance



December 16, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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